Writer, playwright and actor Stella Duffy will be “in conversation” at the National Theatre in London later this month.

The event on October 10th is in aid of gay equality organistation Stonewall. It is nearly sold out but a handful of tickets are still available.

Stella has published 11 novels, more than 30 short stories and seven plays.

In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, Ms Duffy revealed that university opened her eyes to the world of literature.

“My parents had a book shelf and it had some Dickens and probably some Readers Digest, I don’t know what, there were books, but not a lot of them,” she said.

“And I grew up in a small town in New Zealand where the library wasn’t that good either. So when I went to university I suddenly found all these books.

“The ones that really influenced me were Margaret Atwood’s Edible Woman and probably even more, Marge Piercy’s Woman On The Edge Of Time.

“It changed my life.

“And they wrote about women protagonists. Unless you were reading a Danielle Steele or a Jackie Collins, there was an assumption that you needed a male protagonist in a novel to be taken seriously.

“I think these writers have an under-acknowledged role in our ability as writers now to put women centre-stage.”

Tickets for the “in conversation” event are £10 (£7.50 for Close Friends of Stonewall) and this includes a private drinks reception with Stella for Stonewall supporters.

For more information or to purchase tickets people call Michaela Greene on 020 75931874.

The event begins at 6pm.